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Belief in God

We Could Use God's Help. Where Is He?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

When God fails to intervene in human suffering, the acceptance of a loving deity who cares for his children arouses fresh doubts.

What Happens When Only One Spouse Is Religious

www.npr.org | Posted 01.17.2013 | Weddings

Maria Peyer and Mike Bixby are one of those couples who just seem made for each other. They hold hands when they sit and talk. They're happy to spend ...

No, You Are Not Actually The Power Source

Lillian Daniel | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

From the prosperity gospel that tells you that wealth is yours to create to new age promises that you can create your own perfect health, the implication is that we human beings are the power source. We must look like morons to God.

The Fruits Of Doubt

Katherine Towler | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
Katherine Towler

Theologians through the ages remind us that doubt is integral to belief and even to prayer. Paul Tillich argued that "doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith." God is present in our doubt as much as our certainty.

Is God Dead?

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

Pew's report puts out enormous challenges to people of faith. Scientific and scholarly findings unambiguously suggest that world religions are far from fulfilling their promise to humanity.

The Self-Delusions Of Secular Jews

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

These are good, serious and thoughtful people, usually deeply committed to Judaism, who struggle with big religious questions in a way that makes no sense. They may think that they can wring the holiness out of their Jewish identity and practice, but they cannot.

Religion’s Most Repellent Idea

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Any attempts to infuse suffering with rich meaning shows callous indifference to the heartache of fellow humans. Suffering does not leave us ennobled but broken, morose and bitter.

Questions Without Answers

KidSpirit | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
KidSpirit

f I don't have answers, all I have to do is ask questions which don't have answers! In my humble opinion, those happen to be the most interesting ones of all.

Is Your Belief System The Result Of Choice -- Or Epiphany?

Margaret Placentra Johnston | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Margaret Placentra Johnston

If everyone were coming from the same place, then being born-again thanks to an epiphany would be a valid prescription to cure all spiritual ills. But it is just not that simple.

Atheism's Bronze-Age Goat Herder Conceit

Paul Wallace | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Paul Wallace

The conceit probably originated with Kant: Way back a long time ago we weren't so hot at science. We were babies then, so in the face of an unpredictable world we clung to our religion like mama's skirt. Now we're growing up and must put away childish things: all religion must go.

The End Game: Taking The Bet Of Pascal

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 03.09.2013 | Religion
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

Those who lack the atheists' certitude that there is no afterlife, and who have never seen, and never will see, proof of the existence of God, are the agnostics -- those who do not "presume to know." Some are tempted toward the notion that underlies the famous bet of Blaise Pascal.

'God Is Alive And Well In America'

Religion News Service | Daniel Burke | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) Despite a deep drop in the number of Americans who identify with a particular faith, the country could...

Why Does God Allow Evil?

Brian C. Stiller | Posted 03.05.2013 | Religion
Brian C. Stiller

God allowed humans the choice of evil and good. But for parents in Connecticut, Syria or Afghanistan, that won't fill the emptiness of a child gone.

God Is Not A Control Freak

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 03.04.2013 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

Do we want a God who is all-powerful or all-loving? We can't have both and be satisfied with a God who permits the Holocaust, genocide, war and tsunamis.

The Nature Of Intelligence

Rabbi Manis Friedman | Posted 02.27.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Manis Friedman

In our fast-paced society, good-sense intelligence is being replaced by artificial intelligence. We are accomplishing more than ever before because we have to think less than ever before. And yet this explosion of accomplishment is not creating a happier society. How can we re-learn and re-teach the art of fine intelligence?

WATCH: How To Find God

OWN | Posted 12.28.2012 | OWN

Looking for God? According to spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, your search may be over. God, he says, is really "the power of life itself." In this...

If We Don't Love Our Neighbors, Then We Don't Love Ourselves

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 02.27.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

I don't usually comment on the negative comments that others make about what happens in our society. However, I am having a very hard time keeping my fingers from writing about the comments that have been made about God and what happened in Newtown, Conn.

The Radical Vulnerability Of God

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Each year, within every cycle of time, it comes round again: the radical vulnerability of God, willingly chosen out of desire for intimacy with a complicated, hard-headed and desperately tender world.

Anne Lamott on "Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers"

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 02.20.2013 | Books
Lois Alter Mark

In signature Anne Lamott style, this is a small, simple, no-nonsense, no-holds-barred guide to the only prayers that matter. The book is a must-read, a must-share, and the perfect gift for everyone this holiday season. For many people, it may be a life-changer.

God Without Religion

George Elerick | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
George Elerick

The fact is, this is a man's world. War of the Sexes We've all heard this. It is both true and and soul-destroying. But for whom? Don't women benefi...

The One Place God Can Be Found For Sure, If Only We Look

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

The answer to the Problem of Evil is simple: It is up to us to use whatever influence we can, whether secular or divine, to promote peace, justice and good will in the world.

No, Everything Doesn't Happen For A Reason

Adam Hamilton | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion
Adam Hamilton

Everything doesn't happen for a reason, if by this we mean evil is a part of God's plan. But God does ensure that evil will not prevail and that light will always, ultimately, overcome the darkness.

Banishing The Darkness: Where Do We Go From Here?

Kristen Marble | Posted 02.18.2013 | Religion
Kristen Marble

Know that you are not alone in your struggles against darkness and evil. You do not stand alone in your fear, despair and pain. Nor did the innocent victims of this week's events.

The Truth About Sandy Hook: Where Is God When Bad Things Happen?

Ann Voskamp | Posted 02.17.2013 | Religion
Ann Voskamp

After a Friday in Connecticut, there's got to be a thousand Jobs standing in a million pews on the third Sunday of Advent with their countless questions that boil down to one: Why?

Where Was God?

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 02.17.2013 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

Although the murders prompted many questions regarding the existence of God, why God allows such things and the problem of evil, one question stands out sharply from the rest: Where was God on that dreadful morning?